As Brexit deal goes down in flames, exasperated Europe wonders what the Britons want
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders on Wednesday called on Britain to give them a clear plan to split from Europe, amid growing concerns that the political chaos that led to a historic defeat for British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan could lead to a chaotic, uncontrolled crash out.
May had been widely expected to lose Tuesday’s vote, but the definitive scale of her rejection — 432 to 202 — helped feed a growing sense in the rest of the European Union that the March 29 Brexit deadline would need to be postponed, even if just to give both sides extra time to prepare for the turbulence that will result from having no safety net of a negotiated transition plan.
The defeat has resulted in a no-confidence vote for May set for Wednesday. If she loses, British politics would plunge into even deeper turmoil. But even if she survives — as she is expected to do, given the math — there are still no clear indications what further plans she might propose or whether she can hold on long enough to deliver any Brexit deal.